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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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The Rangers lost to the Indians, 5-1, yesterday.

Levi Weaver offers up his game story from the defeat.

The Rangers’ website game story laments the continued lack of offensive support for Yu Darvish.

The DMN has their “Instant Replay” from yesterday’s game.

Jeff Wilson’s “Ranger Reaction” says that those who want to rebuild or slash payroll are being silly.

Coincidentally or not, also in the FWST, Mac Engel has a column whose headline says that JD needs to quit “lying to himself”, with Engel complaining that the team is too expensive and needs to go cut payroll and go into rebuild mode.

Andrew Cashner suffered a contusion after being hit by a broken bat yesterday. Evan Grant says the Rangers are fortunate it wasn’t more serious.

Gil Lebreton says the Rangers need to address the fact that neither Rougned Odor nor Mike Napoli are hitting.

Wilson says that a third catcher could help keep Jonathan Lucroy and Robinson Chirinos in the lineup more, but an eighth reliever is more important right now.

Evan Grant looks at why Chirinos is getting more playing time lately, and Lucroy is getting less.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx starts today for Texas, but could be in the bullpen or in the minors after this start.

The Rangers’ website notes has items on Preston Claiborne, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, and Martin Perez.